About Cogeneration

The technology of the future

In the future, our power grid will not be made with a few large power plants, but with many small, decentralized Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems.

Under the current model, where power generation comes from large power plants, only 33% of primary energy is turned into usable electricity. The other 67% are released into the atmosphere, unused. The energy is lost in heating separate boilers and while the electricity travels through the grid to reach its destination.

Combined Heat and Power systems are becoming increasingly important in the energy sector’s transformation to a decentralized, stable and sustainable power grid.

Combined heat and power (CHP) is an efficient and clean way of generating electric power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. The engine drives the generator, producing electricity, and the residual heat created during this process is recaptured and turned into useful heat. 

Two types of waste heat are produced by generating electricity. The first type is the heat that is recovered from the engine jacket water that is cooling the engine. Secondly heat from the exhaust gas is transferred via heat exchanger. This captured waste heat now can be used for heating, cooling or generating steam.

 

 

CHP systems are typically installed onsite, supplying customers with heat and power directly at the point of use, therefore helping avoid the significant losses which occur in transmitting electricity from large centralized plants to the customer.

CHP systems can be employed over a wide range of sizes, applications, fuels and technologies. 

Primary Advantages of Cogeneration

  • Substantial energy cost savings
  • Fast Return on Investment
  • Independence from rising energy prices
  • Eases long term forecasts of energy budgets
  • Full cost control
  • Highest reliability and efficiency
  • Stable operation in case of power outages within the utility grid
  • Fulfills highest environmental standards
  • Sustainable energy investment
  • Compliance with governmental carbon emission regulations